Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
The TD's level of involvement will vary. In each of the places I have trained, my TDs have very rarely taken my leash. For one, my dog is not one that just follows a ball around, he has to have a relationship with someone to work (and if you correct him without having that relationship, there will be problems) and two, I want to learn how to train and handle even if I make some mistakes along the way. Other people feel better handing over the lead for a demonstration before they dive in, it really depends on the person and the dog. I don't think there's any one way.
The waiting is the norm and honestly, 20 minutes for one dog sounds like kind of a long session, but normally you would be helping the others by spotting their obedience, helping with line handling if they want it, setting up equipment, watching a dog on a long down and letting the owner know what it's doing, etc. The last club I trained with was over 2 hours away so I'd be gone from 7am until 5pm or later, but I was never bored or felt like I was just sitting around. Sometimes I would socialize but usually we were talking about dogs, breedings, upcoming trial events, etc.